The Arawa with clipper stem, two funnels and four masts, 439ft. x 46ft, single screw and a speed of 13 knots.
Timaru Herald Friday 9th July 1886
The s.s Arawa takes from Wellington and Lyttelton for London 3000 carcasses of frozen mutton.
The Star 24th July 1886
Arrived Lyttelton July 24 Arawa, s.s., 5200 tons, Stuart, from Port Chalmers. National Mortgage and Agency Company. The Shaw, Savill and Albion Shipping Company's s.s. Arawa arrived at Lyttelton last night at about 10.30 p.m. This morning at 9.25 she was taken alongside the ocean steamers' wharf, where she now lies. She left Port Chalmers yesterday at 6 a.m. The Arawa makes but a short stay here for the purpose of coaling, which operation will be carried on till midnight to-night. She leaves for London direct to-morrow at 9 a.m. The Arawa has a full cargo of frozen mutton and beef, equal to about 23,000 carcases, besides a quantity of wool, skins, tallow, kauri gum, &c. The following is her list of  passengers:
Saloon: Baldwin Mr G B Cornwall Miss Ellis Mr and Mrs W Hutchinson Mr and Mrs Levy Mr A G Palmer Mr Lucius Vibart Miss Second saloon: Ball Mrs Begg Miss M Brown Miss Brazil Mr W Jolly Mr David S McGill Mr Peter McGill Mr Thomas Smith Mrs A Stanley Mrs For Rio de Janiero Juret Mr A F Steerage: Andrews Mr H Andrews Mrs Cross Mr J M Craven Miss Ann Cousins Mr Cousins Mrs Cousins Miss Cousins Miss Georgina Cousins Miss Ada Cousins Miss Eith Cousins Miss Blanche Cousins Master Bertie Cousins Master G Davies Mr John Davis Mr Davis Mrs Davis Miss Mary Davis Miss Winnie Davis Master Frank Davis Master Thomas Davis Master Ernest Dillon Miss Kate Henry Mr W J Huff Mr F R Huff Mrs Huff Miss Louisa Huff Miss F R Huff Miss Katie Huff Miss Nina Irine Mrs M a Irvine Miss G F Keveney Miss M Keys Miss L Leitch Mrs Mathews Mr J N Miller Mrs E Miller Miss Emily Prisk Mr H Pyne Mrs Pyne Miss L A Pyne Miss E Pyne Master F E Ross Mr W Scales Mr Charles Sleigh Mr John Sleigh Mrs Sleigh Master E M Springall Mr J Stewart Mr J G Vaughan Mr C E Vaughan Mrs E H Vaughan Miss M E Walker Mr A W Walker Mrs Walker Miss Constance Walker Master C Watson Mr W R Wetherly Mr C White Mr W Young Mr Hugh
The Times, Nov. 4, 1884 pg. 12; col B
New Vessel for the New Zealand Service.
The owners of the new steamer Arawa (the Shaw, Savill, and Albion Company) yesterday entertained a party of between 50 and 60 gentlemen connected with the New Zealand shipping trade at lunch on board that vessel. Mr Ritchie, M.P., presided and after the usual loyal toasts proposed :Prosperity to the Colony of New Zealand." Sir Francis Dillon Bell, K.C.M.G., Agent-General for the Colony, responded to the toast and at the conclusion of his speech proposed "The health of the Shaw, Savill, and Albion Company." "Good fortune to the steamer Arawa" was then proposed by Mr E. Montagu Nelson, of Nelson Brothers (Limited), of London and Hawkes Bay, and responded to by the commander, Captain Stewart.
The dimensions are 420ft by 46 ft by 32ft., and gross tonnage about 5,000. Her hull is of steel and is constructed under special survey for the highest class at Lloyd's. The vessel will be lighted throughout by the electric light. Her guaranteed speed is 12½ knots, which is secured by tandem-triple expansion four-cylinder engines with a working pressure of 160 lb. on the square inch. The Arawa is in all respects elegantly fitted and contains every accommodation for the comfort of her passengers. She leaves Gravesend for New Zealand to-morrow.
Evening Post, 12 January 1893, Page 3
The Arawa's Passengers.
Auckland, This Day. The following are the Arawa's passengers for Wellington, which arrived from London to-day :— Misses Hicks, Jordan, Phnrazvn, Mesdames Clarke, Moore, Guthrie, Pharazyn and child, Temple, Leo, Brown and 4 children, Dunn and 2 children, Mackenzie and 3 children ; Messrs. Cullcn, Guthrie, Palk, Pliarazyn, Temple, Bridgeman (2), Farren, Schaefer, Dasb, Sprott, Williams, Brown, Clouston, Miors, Hudson, Herbert, Kirk, Klye, Rampard, Lumber, Mackenzie, Nelson.